Dr. Bill Boyle
The Hartford Community Coalition’s Take a Bite Out of Hunger community meals program provides breakfast, lunch, and weekend snack packs for children and adults in Hartford during the summer. This year, the lunch site is White River School, Pine Street, in White River Junction. Starting June 17, bagged lunches will be available for all community members, Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm, during school summer vacation.
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“Now that I am no longer involved with clinical work, I have shifted my interests to the social determinants of health: hunger, homelessness, poverty,” he says. “I realize close to 20 percent of school kids receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year. When school is not in session, these kids don’t get appropriate meals. Take a Bite Out of Hunger is one way to address this.”
Dr. Boyle helps assemble lunches—either making sandwiches or putting veggies and fruit in the lunch bags that are distributed Monday through Friday to Hartford and Lebanon children during school vacation.
“It is a great experience. You meet new people,” Dr. Boyle says. “School kids who volunteer can satisfy a service requirement. Just to see all the various agencies working together (Willing Hands, APD volunteers, food banks) is a great experience. You also realize that lots of folks here in the Upper Valley are hurting, even though it is not visible.”
“It is a great feeling at the end of a morning to realize that you’ve made more than 100 lunches and kids won’t be hungry that day.”